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Jan Don’t Miss These Vineyards at the Winterfest Kickoff Celebrations

The kickoff event for Winterfest will be held at Hotel Indigo this year. Highlighting the best of the East End, on Friday, February 24, 2017 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM.  There will be vendors in the ballroom and throughout the hotel including Pelligirini Vineyard, Long Ireland Beer Company, Peconic Ballet Theatre, The Village Cheese Shop among many, many others. Learn about some of the participating vineyards below.

Martha Clara Vineyards
The North Fork climate is perfect for growing grapes. The sandy loam soil, the sea breeze, and the careful upkeep from winemakers help cultivate tasty, tender grapes perfect for wine like Martha Clara’s. Check out their table at the kick-off and then visit the vineyard during its special Winterfest wine tours. On March 11th and March 18th at 1pm, catch their Winterfest Wine Cellar Experience. Their Winemaker Juan E. Micieli- Martinez will hold a cellar tour at Premium Wine Group. The cost will be $40 per person/$70 per couple. Wine Club Members: $35 per person/$60 per couple (limit two tickets per membership). All tickets are subject to availability. Reserve the March 11th date here and March 18th date here.

Pellegrini Vineyards
Bob and Joyce Pellegrini formed Pellegrini Vineyards in 1982 with the intent to make the very best wine on the North Fork. Today, they produce a range of award-winning wines. Innovative winemaking techniques such as the use of gentle punch-down methods during red fermentation, a two-barrel aging process and careful monitoring and control of moisture levels throughout the vineyard, lead to a consistently rich bottle of wine. See their table at the Winterfest Kickoff then check out their Winterfest event on February 25th from 1pm – 3pm featuring live music by the Jack Morell Quartet ($25/person, includes a glass of wine) and February 26th from 1pm – 3pm featuring music by Danny Kean and Friends ($25/person, includes a glass of wine.)

Clovis Point Vineyards
This Jamesport vineyard started up in 2001 and has been making great wine ever since. The vineyard’s namesake comes from the Clovis people, Paleolithic Indians believed to have inhabited the North Fork. The logo adorning the bottles are Clovis points, thousand-year-old stone tips added to spears that were discovered in the North Fork area. Clovis Point is holding several events in honor of Winterfest. On February 25th from 7pm – 9pm, drink wine and see the Red, White and Blue Band ($25/person). On March 4th from 3pm – 5pm enjoy a wine tasting with their winemaker for only $30/person. On March 11th from noon – 6pm, artist Mike McLaughlin will give a free talk on art.

See all 3 vineyards at the kick off event! In addition to these vendors, there will be live music by East End Trio, special tastings from local restaurants and breweries, and dozens of raffle prizes. Don’t miss out! Reserve your ticket here via TicketFly. Tickets are $50 in advance and $65 at the door.